There is a reason why your doctor takes your blood pressure almost every time you enter your office: It's a quick and painless way to get a picture of the health of your heart. But that does not mean that this is the best way.
This is because the blood pressure can change on the basis of various factors, including pain, temperature, physical stress, and even doctor visits. positive and false negatives? Do DIY testing.
If you can not imagine sitting on the kitchen table manually pumping a blood pressure cuff, do not worry. The latest harvest of wireless monitors is wireless, digital and easier than ever. Here's what you need to know before buying.
How do wireless blood pressure monitors work?
Each time your heart beats, it pumps blood into your bloodstream, exerting pressure on your blood vessels. Blood pressure monitors typically measure the force of this pressure in millimeters of mercury (mmHg) using something called the sphygmomanometer.
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The sphygmomanometer inflates a rubber cuff wrapping around the finger, wrist, or upper arm until the blood flows through the brachial or radial artery. When the air is slowly released from the cuff, the blood begins to flow back through the artery, creating strokes that can be detected with a stethoscope or algorithm. Your systolic blood pressure is the reading of the pressure that is noted when this initial sound begins. Your diastolic blood pressure occurs when it stops.
Digital wireless blood pressure monitors will show your results on the main device in a companion smartphone application – where you can see graphs and trends and sync data with additional applications such as Apple Health – or both. The measurement is recorded as two digits. At the top is systolic blood pressure (the pressure when your heart beats). The lower part is your diastolic blood pressure (pressure between strokes). Healthy blood pressure is from 90/60 to 120/80 mmHg.
What are the wireless blood pressure monitors?
The American Heart Association (AHA) and other health organizations recommend people with high blood pressure to measure it. at home, a practice known as self-measurement of blood pressure (SMBP) or home-blood pressure monitoring (HBPM). Blood pressure naturally rises and falls throughout the day, but the chronically high readings (at least 130/80 mmHg) can be a sign that your heart is tense and works too hard, a condition known as hypertension. High blood pressure often has no obvious signs or symptoms, which is why it is known as the "silent killer". Over time, it may increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and heart and kidney failure.
SMBP can help to rule out the hypertension of a white coat in which a person's high blood pressure is high in the doctor's office but is normal in everyday life and masked hypertension where normal blood pressure is normal in the doctor's office, but is increased in everyday life.